- to come, change, or grow to be (as specified): He became tired.
- to come into being.
- to be attractive on; befit in appearance; look well on: That gown becomes you.
- to be suitable or necessary to the dignity, situation, or responsibility of: conduct that becomes an officer.
- become of, to happen to; be the fate of: What will become of him?
Origin of become
Related Words for become ofemerge, derive, end, appear, rise, culminate, emanate, stem, produce, arise, follow, grow, ensue, occur, proceed, hit, materialize, develop, transpire, fall
- (copula) to come to be; develop or grow intohe became a monster
- (foll by of; usually used in a question) to fall to or be the lot (of); happen (to)what became of him?
- (tr) (of clothes, etc) to enhance the appearance of (someone); suitthat dress becomes you
- (tr) to be appropriate; befitit ill becomes you to complain
Word Origin for become
Old English becuman "happen, come about," also "meet with, arrive," from Proto-Germanic *bikweman "become" (cf. Dutch bekomen, Old High German biqueman "obtain," German bekommen, Gothic biquiman). A compound of be- and come; it drove out Old English weorðan. Meaning "to look well" is early 14c., from earlier sense of "to agree with, be fitting" (early 13c.).
Happen to, befall, be the fate of, as in I haven't seen Joe in a year; what has become of his book? The King James Bible has this idiom (Genesis 37:20): “We shall see what will become of his dreams.” [Late 1500s]
In addition to the idiom beginning with become
- become of
, also see idioms beginning with